Feeding The World: Increased Food Production Using Lithium Ion Batteries?

Feeding The World

Feeding the world is a subject that has been around for a long time.  I am sure that many individuals and organizations have started many things in this regard. To produce enough food for every single human being on earth.  The good news: this effort continues to this day. The bad news: almost a billion are still not eating well today. So, is it possible to feed the world with increased food production using lithium ion batteries?

Many still go hungry around the world.  In October of 2018, it is estimated that the world population is around 7.7 billion. Globally, one in nine is not getting enough food to eat.

 

World Hunger

World Hunger

Increased Food Production

For the world to meet the demand for food around the world, there has to be a consistent and dramatic increase in the production and distribution of food.  In this writing however I will focus on helping increase food production and skip food distribution.

Wild as it may sound, I believe that as we increase our ability to produce more electricity and as the price of producing electricity goes down, the chance that the rate of food production if efforts are focused on it could also drastically increase. I fully believe that it is now possible to feed the world through increased food production using lithium ion batteries!

Could Storage Batteries Help In Producing More Food?

Why storage batteries for the production of food? One area of food production that requires electrical power 24/7 is called Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS).  This system produces fish year round more efficiently than most aquaculture systems. These systems are now utilized worldwide. They need to spread out to the more needy places in the world where hunger is prevalent.

Now RAS could be run using just conventional power in areas where electric utility power is available 24/7. It is however not doable in areas where electricity comes and goes due to power failures, rotating blackouts and in places where electricity is not available.

Mini Recirculating Aquaculture System
Mini Recirculating Aquaculture System & Hydroponics Combination

Targeting Areas With No Electricity

To run Recirculating Aquaculture Systems in areas where electricity is non-existent, we need alternative sources of power and this is where the role of storage batteries  are mostly needed. Combining solar panels with storage batteries makes the 24/7 operation of RAS possible.

Intensive Recirculating Aquaculture Systems as shown below requires that aeration be available in the system 24/7. Fish will start to die in less than two hours when aeration problems due to power failures occur.

Solar panels are great for supplying power during the day, but they are dead at night. Batteries will fill in this very critical role of  a night time power supply for the systems.

 

Intensive Recirculating Aquaculture Systems
Intensive Recirculating Aquaculture Systems

The Basics Of RAS

The basic components of an RAS are the following: 1) The fish culture tank . This is where the fish are raised and cultured 2) mechanical filter – this is where solid waste from the tank is filtered out and removed from the system 3) Bio Filter – this filter removes harmful gases from the water by using bacteria that eats up the gases 4) aerator- this uses an electric air pump that effectively oxygenates the water.

So as we can see, the filtration system needs to have an electric water pump that will recirculate the water and in the process also filter out debris, waste and bad gases.

The second component of the system that will need electrical power is the aerator or the air pump used to oxygenate the water.

The Size Of The System Is Critical

Deciding on the overall size of RAS units to be deployed is critical.  Massive RAS projects require massive capital. Who would plunk in large amounts of money in dry, poor and empty places of the world just to try to mass produce fish? I suppose that is not a very attractive investment proposition?

Compact, easily manageable and efficient units that could be run by a person or a few persons sound more practical.

Using Batteries Makes Compact Unit Design Practical

Modular design and manufacturing of solar batteries make it possible for their incremental deployments such as the Powerwall or similar products that cater to individual needs. This approach could be implemented to provide continuous power for an RAS even in the most remote areas of the world.

The batteries below are available at Amazon by clicking the pictures and link.

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Cooperatives And Crowdfunding The Projects

The compact size and design of the RAS units would be a perfect fit for locally formed efforts of cooperatives and initiating crowdfunding efforts  working with micro lenders and local banks.

Cooperatives also place the decision making, the design and innovation in the hands of the locals which I believe will give them greater initiative and feelings of ownership which is a great initiative for success. Spreading the word and the technology is an important multiplier component.

 

Joe Joson

joe@greensunstorage.com

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6 thoughts on “Feeding The World: Increased Food Production Using Lithium Ion Batteries?

  1. I am not very familiar with types of batteries but it seems like the 2 batteries that you recommend should be able to power up the entire system at night. My question is, do you need to charge the batteries with solar energy every day? What about if it rains for continuously few days where there’s no sunlight. Can the battery be charged once and use for at least 7 days before the next recharge?

    1. Hello Florence!

      Thanks for stopping by and making a comment on my article! The batteries shown are standard home use or outdoor batteries. The bigger one is 3000watts. It is a symbolic product and has to match the size of the motors and the time the motors will run at night. One charge will not last 7 days. But putting many units in parallel will drastically increase the time that the batteries will last.

      Thanks!

      Joe

  2. Thank you for this informative article on how to use lithium batteries to increase food production in the areas of the world where there’s still hunger. 

    RAS units sound like a great solution. Hope your suggestion takes on, and the production of fish gets more affordable for those who need it most. 

    Isn’t it incredible, with all the available food in the world, and all the food we daily waste, there are still people who go hungry every day? I find it very hard to accept that it has to be so. Thank you for your efforts to change this.

    Best wishes. 

    1. Hello Alenka!

      Thank you so much for your comments! I hope to create a design and optimize the system by building a unit in my backyard! I have run an RAS minus batteries before for five years. The objective is design a system that is compact and that will be easily deployable anywhere in the world!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Joe

  3. there is tons of information on this site on batteries and renewables. I like the content also the web articles which are indexed to educational about using solar energy. I would say this is probably one of the most sleeks sites i have seen so far. Not much needs to change on this site maybe smaller pictures.?

    1. Hello AJ!

      Thanks for stopping by and giving my site a critique! As I have not seen a set up similar to what this article envisions for the poor areas of the world, it is but a vision as it is. We hope that it can ignite and inspire others and get a few projects started. I have run a 400 gallon tank for five years but using house electrical power and no batteries.

      Joe

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